• The lights of prayer that make us imagine we are beginning to be angels are sometimes only signs that we are finally beginning to be men. We do not have a high enough opinion of our own nature. We think we are at the gates of heaven and we are only just beginning to come into our own realm as free and intelligent beings.

    Thomas Merton (2002). “The Ascent to Truth”, p.209, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt